Work package 6: Causes and consequences of self-perceived precarity

Work package 6 “Causes and consequences of self-perceived precarity” (Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld) regards precarity as a change of the opportunity structure in regulated labour markets. In addition to the retrospective analyses of employment and income stability in WPs 5 and 7, the concept of precarity upon which the WP 6 is based has a prospective focus: Precarity occurs if the future employment and income security of employees is regarded as uncertain and problematic, and if employees are concerned about their job security and their economic situation. In contrast to other concepts of precarity using structural indicators, the project uses subjective indicators, thereby allowing the assessment of the self-perceived threat of lack of participation in the future labour market. This threat either precedes an objective loss of status or, as a falsely perceived fear of loss, has consequences for the individual and familial welfare production.

Perceptions of precarity are first of all conceived theoretically under the consideration of the current state of research. Secondly, data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) are used to describe the temporal evolvement of self-perceived precarity since 1985. This is followed by a multivariate analysis of individual, familial and operational causes of self-perceived income and employment precarity: This analysis considers the household and company context as well as the life course (e.g. employment participation and economic resources in the household, experience of unemployment in the household, social background, type of employment contract, size of the company, sector, working status, education). Consequences of self-perceived precarity will be analysed in regard to moving in together, marriage, and separation from the partner.

Work package 6: Causes and consequences of self-perceived precarity

Work package 6 “Causes and consequences of self-perceived precarity” (Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld) regards precarity as a change of the opportunity structure in regulated labour markets. In addition to the retrospective analyses of employment and income stability in WPs 5 and 7, the concept of precarity upon which the WP 6 is based has a prospective focus: Precarity occurs if the future employment and income security of employees is regarded as uncertain and problematic, and if employees are concerned about their job security and their economic situation. In contrast to other concepts of precarity using structural indicators, the project uses subjective indicators, thereby allowing the assessment of the self-perceived threat of lack of participation in the future labour market. This threat either precedes an objective loss of status or, as a falsely perceived fear of loss, has consequences for the individual and familial welfare production.

Perceptions of precarity are first of all conceived theoretically under the consideration of the current state of research. Secondly, data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) are used to describe the temporal evolvement of self-perceived precarity since 1985. This is followed by a multivariate analysis of individual, familial and operational causes of self-perceived income and employment precarity: This analysis considers the household and company context as well as the life course (e.g. employment participation and economic resources in the household, experience of unemployment in the household, social background, type of employment contract, size of the company, sector, working status, education). Consequences of self-perceived precarity will be analysed in regard to moving in together, marriage, and separation from the partner.

Researcher

Andrea Hense (University of Bielefeld)

 
Ergebnisse
Hense, Andrea: Measuring and Explaining Self-Perceived Employment Risks. Vortrag im Rahmen der 27th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) “Inequality in the 21st Century” vom 02.-04.07.2015 in London PDF
Hense, Andrea: Prekarität von Beschäftigung. Vortrag auf den zweiten soeb-Werkstattgespräch am 04./05.12.2014 in Göttingen. PDF
Hense, Andrea: Sozialstaatliche Ursachen wahrgenommener Erwerbsprekarität. Vortrag auf der Veranstaltung "Revival oder Rückzug? Der Sozialstaat in Krisenzeiten" der Sektion Sozialpolitik im Rahmen des 37. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie am 06.-10.10.2014 in Trier PDF
Hense, Andrea (2014): A Socio-Structural Explanatory Model of Self-Perceived Employment Risks. Vortrag auf der „ECSR 2014 Conference: Social Inequalities in Europe – On the Rise Again?“ am 25.09.2014 in Berlin PDF
Poster
Poster Kapitel 9: Teilhabe im Lebensverlauf – Deutschland im Vergleich. PDF